Perfect: Los Angeles School Named After Al Gore Built on Toxic Soil
By Doug Powers • September 6, 2010 12:10 PM
**Written by Doug Powers
The $75.5-million Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences in Los Angeles is set to open on September 13th — maybe.
The school is named after uber capitalist hyper-hypocrite Al Gore, as well as Rachel Carson, who championed a DDT ban that was responsible for millions of malaria deaths but somehow saved the planet, thus earning her a prime position on the mantle of eco-humanitarianism.
The school will open, provided all the toxic dirt (enough to almost fill a pair of Gore’s pants) can be removed and replaced in time:
Construction crews were working at the campus up to the Labor Day weekend, replacing toxic soil with clean fill. All told, workers removed dirt from two 3,800-square-foot plots to a depth of 45 feet [what's the carbon footprint of this excavation & refill? - DP], space enough to hold a four-story building. The soil had contained more than a dozen underground storage tanks serving light industrial businesses.
Additional contamination may have come from the underground tanks of an adjacent gas station. A barrier will stretch 45 feet down from ground level to limit future possible fuel leakage.
An oil well operates across the street, but officials said they’ve found no associated risks. Like many local campuses, this school also sits above an oil field, but no oil field-related methane has been detected.
Groundwater about 45 feet below the surface remains contaminated but also poses no risk, officials said.
Some environmentalists are aghast:
"Renaming this terribly contaminated school after famous environmental advocates is an affront to the great work that these individuals have done to protect the public’s health from harm,” an environmental coalition wrote in a letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District. Making sure the school is safe "would be an even better way to honor their contribution to society.”
An affront to the great work they’ve done? All in all, I’d say that putting Al Gore’s name on a contaminated school is just about the most intellectually honest thing to come from any educational institution in the history of the United States. Potayto, potahto.
Speaking of vegetables, who wants to be the first to take a bite of something from the Carson-Gore Academy’s garden?
The principal also envisions an organic garden that could produce a student-led farmer’s market.
Suwol said Lowry sounds "incredibly wonderful,” but added that she’d feel better if the vegetables were grown in planters above the ground.
Why not grow them in the ground? A "consensus of scientists” say the soil is clean. Grow ‘em in the ground and let Al have the first bite so we can see how seriously he values scientific consensus when it comes to eating something that may or may not make his second chakra glow in the dark.
Construction crews were working at the campus up to the Labor Day weekend, replacing toxic soil with clean fill.
Ah.... the irony.